Merit Badge Fair
October 24, 2015
The Merit Badge Fair is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on several merit badges. All Scouts are required to bring signed blue cards in order to work on merit badges. The fair is limited to the first 400 registered Scouts. The Merit Badge Fair is being held at St. Thomas High School (4500 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77007) from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
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Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered in the council.
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|October 17, 2015
||Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation BALOO) is a one day course designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their pack activities. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught, along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a pack overnighter.
|October 31, 2015
||Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training
||Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training provides troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops.
|November 7-8, 2015
||Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
||Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Fifth grade Webelos leaders are encouraged to take this course.
|November 14, 2015
||Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow
||Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is one-day training where Cub Scout leaders and parents can increase their knowledge and improve their skills. Offered in November, participants choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions. Walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas!
Twin Bayou District Roundtable
November 12, 2015
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at St. John The Divine Church (2450 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, 77019) to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of roundtable is to give leaders program ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.
Due December 10, 2015
Every December, all units are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Units are to complete the internet recharter and submit the signed paperwork by December roundtable. Some important things to remember:
- Plan ahead to get recharter done early, as this time of the year is typically very busy. It takes time to gather information and collect fees and signatures,
- Ensure all registered leaders have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT),
- Ensure the top unit leader (i.e., Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Varsity Coach) has completed BSA training for his or her position,
- Submit internet advancements and service hours by December 31st.
- Recharter paperwork is due on or before the December 10th roundtable.
- Read the important information at www.shac.org/recharter.
Fall Popcorn Sales
Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting. Why Sell? • Increase your unit income – 73% stays in the local area • Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way” • There are loads of incentives including cool prizes and college scholarships. For more information, contact Tom Paulley.
More Information Sign up your unit to sell popcorn Popcorn Kernel Guide
There are two options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, and selling online to friends and family out of town:
1. Traditional take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after your unit kick off through November 10, 2015. Customers choose the product(s) and Scouts deliver the popcorn after November 21, 2015.
2. Online popcorn sales are a great way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout prizes and the scholarship program. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer by Trail's End. Scout must create an account to sell online. Online sales run through November 10, 2015.
Popcorn Blitz Day
Blitz day is a designated day where units are encouraged to sell popcorn during take order as a group by canvasing areas in their neighborhood. Scouts that meet the items sold count indicated by each date will qualify for entry in the drawing for one of three GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition.
- October 24, 2015 – Sell total 40 items by this date
- November 7, 2015 – Sell total 60 items by this date
To enter into drawing, email screen shot (from your cell phone) of the Scout’s sales form(s) showing the total number of qualifying items sold by 7:00 pm on the designated Blitz dates and email a picture of the forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to indicate Scout’s name, unit type and number and contact phone number to contact in case they win. The winner will be drawn and announced on the council's Facebook page the following Monday.
Note: Scouts are not required to participate in Blitz Day to enter drawing. If the required number of items are sold and met by the Blitz Day deadline, a Scout may submit an entry for the drawing.
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